One of the losses of the pandemic has been live music and live music venues. According to the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), without federal aid, as many as 90 percent of independent music venues could disappear due to COVID closures and lockdowns. Dropkick Murphys aside (their May streaming event from Fenway was a much-needed lockdown respite) most musicians have been holed up for months. Some have been working on new material. Others have participated in virtual projects, solo or carefully arranged group projects.
More than 3 years ago Invent Boston began testing, prototyping, and crowdfunding, and the Boston start-up scene was there with them from the beginning. The team trained at the IDEO co-lab, was mentored by Boston SCORE and Venture Café, participated in Mass Innovation Nights, presented on Boston Design Week & Venture Café panels, won a pitch contest at E for All, attended Bolt Hardware Boot Camp and became a finalist in Mass Challenge.
It's only fitting that our Featured MINovator this week offers easy access to data from HubSpot. Demand Sage, started by two of Localytics founders, Raj Aggarwal and Henry Cipolla, gives everyone access to enterprise level Business Intelligence (BI). (Oh my, those words take me back to my Cognos days - ed. comment by Bobbie.) Demand Sage takes data from HubSpot and connects to Google Sheets.
When robotics engineer Marco Trujillo and legally blind chemist and serial entrepreneur Dr. Fernando Albertorio launched the MIN76 alum Sunu Band in 2018, they couldn’t possibly have imagined the “new normal” lurking just around the corner. Read more in Forbes.
MIN99 alum Cede is a 3D Action Role Playing game about "Combat Farming" in a post apocalyptic universe! Destroying monsters will burst them into seeds to become vegetation on a desolate and cracked planet. You can contribute to their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter here.
MIN106 alum The Look Book has added an augmented reality quiz app to its products. The AR app brings its plush mascot Hunter the Owl to life through animation, and provides a quiz for corresponding books. The LOOK Book is a wonderful tool for homeschooling families!
Ivy Lawson from Ivyees Jamaican Honey was recently contacted by Jorden Peele's production company Monkeypaws, which is producing a remake of the film Candyman They wanted to use Ivyees honey in their gift box to give to their special elite guests at the premiere of the movie. They bought 160 jars. So shout out to Jordan Peele's Production company!
MIN107 alum axle ai is a tool for content creators that lets them quickly find and repurpose video.
Their founder Sam Bogoch was recently featured in this profile in Republic in their Journal section.
You can also watch them in this segment of Meet The Drapers.